Wanted: volunteers with bandwidth/storage to help save climate data

DaKnOb daknob.mac at gmail.com
Fri Dec 16 16:42:46 UTC 2016

We are currently working on a scheme to successfully authenticate and verify the integrity of the data. Datasets in https://climate.daknob.net/ are compressed to a .tar.bz2 and then hashed using SHA-256. The final file with all checksums is then signed using a set of PGP keys.

We are still working on a viable way to verify the authenticity of files before there are tons of copies lying around and there’s a working group in the Slack team I sent previously where your input is much needed!


> On 16 Dec 2016, at 18:30, Ken Chase <math at sizone.org> wrote:
> Surfing through the links - any hints on how big these datasets are? Everyone's got
> a few TB to throw at things, but fewer of us have spare PB to throw around.
> There's some random #s on the goog doc sheet for sizes (100's of TB for the
> landsat archive seems credible), and there's one number that destroys
> credibility of the sheet (100000000000 GB (100 ZB)) for the EPA archive.
> The other page has many 'TBA' entries for size.
> Not sure what level of player one needs to be to be able to serve a useful 
> segment of these archives. I realize some of the datasets are tiny (<GB)
> but which ones are most important vs size (ie the win-per-byte ratio) isnt indicated.
> (I know its early times.)
> Also I hope they've SHA512'd the datasets for authenticity before all these
> myriad copies being flungabout are 'accused' of being manipulated 'to promote
> the climate change agenda' yadda.
> Canada: time to step up! (Cant imagine the Natl Research Council would do so
> on their mirror site, too much of a gloves-off slap in the face to Trump.)
> /kc
> On Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 06:02:46PM +0200, DaKnOb said:
>> If you???re interested, there???s also a Slack team: climatemirror.slack.com
>> You can find more info about that here:
>> - https://climate.daknob.net/
>> - http://climatemirror.org/
>> - http://www.ppehlab.org/datarefuge
>> Thank you for your help!
>>> On 16 Dec 2016, at 17:58, Rich Kulawiec <rsk at gsp.org> wrote:
>>> This is a short-term (about one month) project being thrown together
>>> in a hurry...and it could use some help.  I know that some of
>>> you have lots of resources to throw at this, so if you have an
>>> interest in preserving a lot of scientific research data, I've set
>>> up a mailing list to coordinate IT efforts to help out.  Signup via
>>> climatedata-request at firemountain.net or, if you prefer Mailman's web
>>> interface, http://www.firemountain.net/mailman/listinfo/climatedata
>>> should work.
>>> Thanks,
>>> ---rsk
> -- 
> Ken Chase - math at sizone.org Guelph Canada

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